Using Everyday Technology Independently When Living with Forgetfulness: Experiences of Older Adults in Barcelona

Samuel Briones, Louise Meijering

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Abstract

Older adults living with forgetfulness encounter difficulties when engaging with changing and dynamic everyday technology (ET). The capability to use ET is important for independence in later life and is affected by the contextual and individual characteristics of older adults. Using the capability approach as a theoretical lens, this phenomenological study aims to explore the experiences of older adults living with forgetfulness, in order to identify contextual and individual factors that facilitate the use of ET in everyday life. A qualitative methodology was used to interview 16 community-dwelling older adults participating in memory and technology workshops at local community centres in Barcelona. Findings show that motivation and openness to learning played a facilitating role in our participants’ use of ET. The presence of social support in the form of “technology experts” and community centres offering learning opportunities were also enhancing factors that encourage independence when engaging with ET. In conclusion, our study demonstrates the importance of expanding intergenerational ET learning opportunities, through the creation of age-friendly spaces.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)1-8
JournalGerontology and Geriatric Medicine
Volume7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • everyday technology
  • capability approach
  • later life
  • cognitive impairment
  • qualitative methodology

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